Rare Disease Makes Woman Wake Up with Different Accents


Myers said doctors ruled that she had a transient ischemic attack or a mini-stroke.

Three times in the past seven years, she has gone to sleep with blinding headaches only to wake up with a different accent.

"She complained bitterly of constantly being taken for a German in the shops, where consequently the assistants would sell her nothing", neurologist Georg Herman Monrad-Krohn wrote in the first detailed case report on Foreign Accent Syndrome. The second time was Australian.

A 45-YEAR-OLD woman in Arizona, United States, goes to sleep with extreme headaches and wakes up speaking in a foreign accent, according to the Washington Post.

Myers, who said she also suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition that makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation, is now seeking treatment for her rare condition, with the hope of being cured.

What Myers experienced may be a case of a rare illness called Foreign Accent Syndrome, or FAS. The extremely rare disorder typically occurs following strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage to the language center of the brain, causing patients to develop an accent that is different from the native language, without having acquired it in the perceived accent's place of origin. One Virginia woman, for instance, suffered a concussion when she fell rattling down the stairs, then awoke speaking in a Russian accent.

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"When I was a little girl I used to always go to my mom and say, 'my bones hurt", she said.

Myers suffers from a condition known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which includes rupturing blood vessels, easy bruising and painful joints. "I realize it's part of me now", the woman told the British tabloid the Sun.

It's unclear precisely what triggered Myers' symptoms - or if she actually has FAS or something else entirely.

"I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines - meaning my headaches are accompanied by temporary weakness on one side of the body and numbness", she said. "The person that I am now have been through a lot". "The person I am now has been through so much compared to this person".

She's loves spending time with her seven kids, listening to them sing and play instruments. "I want to help someone so they don't have to live in hiding".

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", she told the station.